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. Volume XI Number 12 . . . .February 18, 2005
Sam's new job as harbour ferry introduces him to new boats, people, and events. The book is basically a reflection of his first season as a ferry and getting an opportunity to prove himself as a worthy boat.
Unfortunately, this work lacks a certain sophistication of language and design, making it a rather dull read. Gregory Klinger's water colour illustrations and characterizations of the boats are quaint. However, the arrangement of the text sometimes disrupts the flow of his images. In fact, on one page, the text overlays the art, making the text hard to read. In the middle of the story, there is a two page spread of the harbour with various types of ships numbered and labeled in a legend. This disrupts the flow of the book and would be better suited to the end of the story.
Attempting to appeal to those with a fascination for boats and the coastal city of Victoria, this work is not a particularly stellar example of children's literature. The language seems uninspired and forced, and the story lacks a strong central plot.
Christina Neigel is an instructor in the Library and Information Technology Diploma Program. at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.
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